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Ryan is turning 4 in January and I need help with planning food! I always plan in december, so I can calculate cost, and save up! Really trying to keep this party under 200- 300 with everythinv cake, decor, food and bounce house ( mom and i are going halvsies on the bounce house and thats his bday gift from us.
So far Im going to make a veggie tray with black olives, cherry tomatoes, sweet pickles and baby carrots (rys favorites) with ranch dressing. Im not sure what else to serve anx Im trying to keep it under about 60 there will be about 30 ppl or less. Ideas please! Ryan and Luke arent picky eaters love fruits and veggies and no one has food allergies.
Oh and Im trying to avoid hot dogs since we had a "hotdog bar" at his party last year!
You can stick pretzel sticks in cheese cubes. Kids really like that because it's fun and different. Also, a trail mix with popcorn, M&Ms, pretzels, etc. is usually a hit. If you want to do a meal, a pasta bar or taco bar are cheap ideas.
We always plan food around the time of the party. Most the time it's snacks unless it's around lunch time or dinner. My daughter wants a pizza bar. We make pizza bites out of English muffins and then a couple different meats and a few choices for toppings. When we make them at home we spend less then $30 on everything we need and feed our family of 7 plus friends with it all the time. It's cheap easy and kids love making their own pizza.
This year for the main dishes we did two types of sandwich roll ups (ham and cheese, BLT). Last year I made mini calzones (stuffed with a mix of ricotta, pepperoni, and sauce, I made the dough myself). I also make a salad and one other side. For appetizers I do the veggie platter, cheese/crackers, and chips with a dip.
Oh and cake. I don't think my son would let me skip the cake.
DS2 1st birthday was last month. I made cake, cookies, brownies, and cocktail weenies, and had chips. I had planned on a chili or baked potato bar, or chicken and dumplings, but didn't follow through. You could also do meatballs.
Not that I would suggest this AT ALL, but a few months ago my kiddoes went to a friend's birthday party that did a crawfish boil (we're on the Gulf coast). I've never seen anyone tear through a barrel of spicy crawfish, corn, and andouille sausage as these 30 kids! My jaw dropped to the floor watching 4-8 year olds tearing off exoskeletons and sucking heads. Heheh.
My suggestion for a cheap non-healthy dish for your non-veggie-eating guests would probably be a few Little Ceasar's Hot 'n Ready cheese pizzas. They're only $5 and almost everyone would like them. You could also get a few bags of frozen chicken nuggets and let everyone choose different sauces to go with them. I haven't met too many kids that will turn down nuggets and/or fries.
Lol thats crazy!!!! I mean that in a good way!!!. Actually, I know this may sound weird, the kids think pizza and nuggets are ok. They eat the toppings off the pizza, and they will eat a few nuggets, fries and are probably their favorite junk food. But they prefer fruits and veggies to nuggets and pizza! They can eat nearly half a watermelon each! I think I may do the taco bar ( im travelling 2hrs away to have it at our friends house- since its close to fam/friends.) But I can make the meat in the crock pot the day/night before. Its nothing to get soft torillas a can of beans and chop produce. Ryans two favorite veggies are tomatos and avocado, so he'll love that. Ill probably do some fruit too. Chips n salsa then of course cake. I actually asked Ryan what he would like to eat for his birthday and he said cake! Hahaha!!!!! Its Curious George themed.
I haven't done a boy party in years but for Jessica I did a ladybug party for her first birthday. I made a great ladybug cake and I made ladybug appetizers out of crackers, grape tomatoes, black olives, and cream cheese. I usually google images of what I'd like to see =) and that's how I get ideas.
I usually punk out for both of mine and we just order pizza. Its bad enough to have the party at home, I don't want to have to cook too. So I figure in the money I'm saving by having it at home, we can splurge on the pizza. I used to order trays of chicken, sausage & peppers and pasta, but it was too much money and the kids would rather have pizza. I always make their cakes and/or cupcakes now. I used to order ice cream cakes, but with Alex's birthday in August it melts too **** fast.
We had DS's birthday at a farm, so I wanted easy. We got a deli tray for the adults, and then bread/buns and cheese. I also premade a bunch of PBJ sandwiches and cut them into shapes (cheap $1 sandwich cutters from Target). The kids loved them! It was super easy. And then we had lots of fun snacks It was also nice that any leftovers worked perfect for work/school lunches the next week, and DSD was jazzed because she never gets PBJ
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For Noah's birthday we had sausages, home made pizza, organix cheesy poofs, carrot and pepper sticks with humus, marshmallows and fruit - lots and lots of fruit - a big bowl of berries, apple slice cars with grapes wheels, and a watermelon hedgehog (cocktail sticks for spines)
Oh and cupcakes - lots of vegan cupcakes - they were sooo good